Passionate about making the River Holme a better place for people, businesses and wildlife
Mallard Pair Copyright Andrew Whittaker


The river Holme, beside Crown Bottom Car Park in Holmfirth is one of the only places to access the River but it has become tatty and eroded. Members of the community told us that they wanted better access to the river, to see more wildlife; better vegetation management and more information about walking routes and heritage. So we are working with Kirklees Council to improve the area.

We have secured funds for the following:

Phase One - Autumn 2017  

Rebuilding the bankside to combat erosion

Heavy duty foundations which will be able to withstand high river levels will be instated. A stronger, flatter surface will be laid on top.

Managing the trees and planting schemes to benefit wildlife and prevent damage to the area

Some trees have been removed to let more light reach the riverbank; some trees have been 'pollarded' or had their branches cut back, to prolong their lives and prevent further damage to path surfaces. We hope to plant wildlife friendly shrubs that will be easy to maintain and are not eaten by ducks.

Better access for all visitors to the riverbank

The new, smoother surfaces should make it much easier for people who use wheelchairs or buggies as well as looking tidier and cared for.


We will be looking to get volunteers to help with planting and maintenance of the area when it is complete. If you feel you would be able to help donate a few hours of your time please get in touch


Who is the contractor for the landscaping project?

Slaithwaite based Garry Scott Groundworks are undertaking the hard landscaping works.

How is the work funded?

Funders include River Holme Connections, Cobbett Environmental Ltd, Kirklees Rural District Committee, Players of the Postcode Lottery and the Co-Op Community Fund.

Will the ducks be affected by the work?

We have chosen to work outside of the duck breeding season and we hope the ducks will have ample room to move downstream. Once the work is complete, we hope people will take more care not to feed bread to the ducks but choose 'healthier options' such as frozen peas. The high number of ducks is bad for native wildlife and attracts rats to the area.

Phase Two - 2018

Thanks to generous funding from the Co-op Communities Fund we will be looking for help from creative people of all ages to:

  • try to maintain a smaller, healthier population of ducks
  • get involved in the design and creation of unique wildlife, river and heritage information. We hope to commission local artists to work alongside the community to create something special for the area
  • find innovative ways to show people different walking routes along our rivers, valleys and villages

If your group would like to get involved, please email us here

How can you get involved?

Help raise funds for the project

Volunteer with us on our work party days

Bring your creative ideas to Phase Two

Help maintain the area